UT plans ‘courageous’ season of film, theaterWritten by Lauri Donahue | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Conflict, Courage & Compassion: Our World on Stage and Film” is the theme for the 2005-06 season at the University of Toledo’s Department of Theatre and Film.
The season starts Aug. 26, with a showing of “The Price of Aid,” a documentary about the network of American aid agencies involved in the third-world hunger business.
The film is part of the Department’s Sub-Saharan Film Festival, which continues with “Adanggaman” (Ivory Coast) on Sept. 30 “Waiting for Happiness” (Mauritania) on Oct. 28. The series concludes on Dec. 2 with “Moolaadé,” a “surprisingly humorous” award-winning drama from Senegal about a woman in a West African village who provides a safe harbor for young girls fleeing ritual circumcision.
One of the department’s newest faculty members also is from sub-Saharan Africa: visiting Assistant Professor Dramane Deme of Burkina Faso (via BGSU) will teach this fall in the fast-growing film program, which has added 64 new students, up from 120 last year.
Another film event for this fall is the Madcat Women’s International Film Festival Tour on Sept. 9, a collection of serious, humorous and experimental films by women all over the world. All films from both festivals will be shown in the Center for Performing Art’s Lab Theatre at 7 p.m. A $3 donation is suggested.
A Sept. 29 one-man show by Hungarian actor/director/producer Tibor Varszegi, part of the department’s new partnership with the University of Debrecen, will culminate in performances by UT students at festivals in Hungary next May.
Holly Monsos, interim Chairwoman of the Department of Theatre and Film, said, “Our season celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. Through performances, film screenings, symposiums and master classes, we will explore the courage it takes to stand up to that which we believe to be wrong, the conflict that inevitably arises from divergent beliefs, and the compassion and understanding that is required to find a way beyond the conflict to future harmony. It’s a very exciting season.”
Fall performances include two topical recent works: “The Women of Lockerbie” (based on the true story of a terrorist bombing of a flight over Scotland) opens Oct. 18 and will be staged in a style that suggests film and Greek tragedy.
“Homebody/Kabul” is Tony Kushner’s pre-9/11 drama about a woman obsessed with Afghanistan. It opens Nov. 4 and will be directed by New York director Elysa Marden. Former Department Chairwoman Sue Ott Rowlands (now interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences) will play the Homebody.
Several professional training events will be open to the public: New York-based theater consultant and theater career coach David Diamond will visit campus on Sept. 28 to offer advice on a pursuing a career in theatre. Master Steadicam Operator and Emmy-nominated cinematographer Peter Abraham will offer a seminar on a date yet to be determined.
Tickets range from $6 to $12 and are available from the Theatre Box Office (419) 530-2375.